Review: Fucking Stephen Harper – substance behind the attention getting title

While perhaps a tad salacious in its title (the full title of this Fringe show is Fucking Stephen Harper:  How I Sexually Assaulted the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada), Rob Salerno’s one-man PowerPoint is a funny rant without benefit of a laugh track.

Fucking Stephen HarperInterspersed with Salerno’s outrageous (and some would say unprofessional) quest for an interview with Stephen Harper during the 2008 federal election is a political commentary that, while focusing primarily on the federal Conservatives, leaves no side of the Canadian political spectrum untouched.  Even Barack Obama goes under Salerno’s razor sharp anti-homophobic knife.

For queers in the audience Salerno’s call-to-arms is summed up quite nicely in his warning not to fuck with our community … at least not without a safe word.

Our exit polls indicate that a number of audience members were there simply because of the show’s name.  Fortunately, while that may have gotten them into their seats, there is substance behind the attention getting title.

4 Out of 5 Stars Fucking Stephen Harper
Performance Works, 1218 Cartright Street, Granville Island

Monday, Sept 13, 6:45pm
Tuesday, Sept 14, 5:15pm
Thursday, Sept 16, 8:30pm
Saturday, Sept 18, 7:35pm

Visit http://www.vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.

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